So let's get this straight. He is 14 years old. He is starving. He has a family that is supposed to take responsibility for him, not the other way around. He is no longer in school, can't really read or write English on any level of competency and despite all of the above, he undertakes to figure out how to save his family and community. Not letting anything get in his way, braving the ridicule of his family and friends, he goes ahead with his plan and saves everyone in the vicinity.
You can't watch the video without feeling a sense of awe at this young man's drive, humility and authenticity.
William has clarity. He is confident that the answer to his family’s problem is out there, even though he doesn’t know where to find it. Once he hits on an idea that can work, he undertakes to do whatever is necessary to implement it. He trusts his own perception versus the scoffing of those who don’t understand. He implements, operates and improves his plan, and ends up saving the lives of his family. And this is no fairytale.
Rosh Hashana is coming. It ushers in the period of time called the 10 Days of Return. It's a time break through our weaknesses and limitations, the things that hold us back.
We are all stuck with problems that seem insurmountable. We're sure that there is no way to extricate ourselves from our predicaments, that we lack the creativity to engineer a solution.
William shows us the way. He shows us that if we try, if we are willing to go back to basics, to face our issues head on without flinching, trusting deeply that we have the tools within us to break through whatever holds us back, we can accomplish great things.
Emulate his formula. Take a long hard look at yourself and your situation. What needs to change? What are your dreams? Take total responsibility for who you are, what you do and who you want to become. Be willing to think outside of the box, to approach things totally differently. This Rosh Hashana, embrace your challenges and dreams. The Almighty is on our side. How can we fail?